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L-SAR4-01 (LTDC-4A)

Long March 3B/E

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission


L-SAR4-01 (LTDC-4A)

  • Type: Earth Science
  • Orbit: Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit
  • Launch Cost: $70,000,000

China’s (and globally) first synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite being put into geosynchronous orbit. It can provide unprecedented all-time Earth observations of an area near the same longitude and can provide unique non-interrupted observations for various uses.

L-SAR4-01 (LTDC-4A)

Location


Launch Complex 2 (LC-2)

Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) has witnessed the launch of 107 rockets, including 107 orbital launch attempts, while Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People’s Republic of China, has been the site for 199 rocket launches.

Launch Complex 2 (LC-2)

Rocket


China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation Long March 3B/E

The Long March 3B / E (G2) (CZ-3B / E) is one of the most successful medium-range launchers and the strongest variant of the CZ-3 series.
It was specially developed for the transport of heavy communications satellites into a geostationary transfer orbit.

The additional designation “E” stands for a higher payload fairing, stretched boosters and extended fuel tanks at the first stage, over the CZ-3B.

Long March 3B/E

Agency


China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is the main contractor for the Chinese space program. It is state-owned and has a number of subordinate entities which design, develop and manufacture a range of spacecraft, launch vehicles, strategic and tactical missile systems, and ground equipment. It was officially established in July 1999 as part of a Chinese government reform drive, having previously been one part of the former China Aerospace Corporation. Various incarnations of the program date back to 1956.

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
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